‘Pink slave’ or the Modern Young Woman? Au Pairing in the UK from the 19th Century to the Present

Event Date: 5 February 2016
Room G02
28 Russell Square,
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DQ

Birkbeck Gender Studies (BiGS) in collaboration with the Raphael Samuel History Centre presents:

‘Pink slave’ or the Modern Young Woman? Au Pairing in the UK from the 19th Century to the Present

Speakers:              Dr Eleni Liarou (Birkbeck) and Dr Rosie Cox (Birkbeck)

In this event the speakers will discuss how the au pair scheme developed in the UK from the late 19th century, the reasons for its popularity in the 20th century, and how au pairing has developed since the 1990s. They will also outline how the history of the au pair sheds light on a history of controlling sexual morality within Britain’s changing attitudes to sexuality, class and ethnicity.

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